Greenpeace says its activists have attempted to block a tanker from delivering Russian oil to Norway, chaining themselves to the vessel’s anchor in a protest against the war in Ukraine.

The Ust Luga tanker is currently anchored outside Exxon Mobil’s Norwegian Esso unit at the Slagen oil terminal some 70 kilometers south of Oslo, vessel tracker Marine Traffic data showed on April 25.

Greenpeace said in a statement that the activists arrived in a small boat before chaining themselves to the tanker’s anchor chain as they sought to prevent the offloading of a cargo estimated to consist of 95,000 tons of oil.

The Ust Luga tanker is currently anchored outside Exxon Mobil's Norwegian Esso unit at the Slagen oil terminal some 70 kilometers south of Oslo. (file photo)
The Ust Luga tanker is currently anchored outside Exxon Mobil’s Norwegian Esso unit at the Slagen oil terminal some 70 kilometers south of Oslo.

“I am shocked that Norway operates as a free port for Russian oil, which we know finances Putin’s warfare,” Greenpeace Norway head Frode Pleym said.

An Exxon Mobil spokesperson told the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet that Esso Norway had agreed to buy the oil before the war broke out and does not have plans for further purchases from Russia.

In addition, Greenpeace is demanding that the government support an extension of the EU sanctions list to include all imports of Russian oil and gas, Dagbladet reported.

Greenpeace called on the Norwegian government to ban imports of Russian fossil fuels and said Esso Norway should cancel any contracts for such imports from Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.